Elevation: 3,700 ft
GPS: 34.665, -116.978 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Francis Baker (fran) on Sep 26, 2006 · Updates
Admins: C Miller, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

New Jack City (NJC), also known as Sawtooth Canyon, is a sport climbing destination in the high desert near Barstow, CA. With more than 450 sport climbs ranging from 5.6 - 5.13 scattered across the high desert, New Jack City offers something for climbers of all abilities. The rock is an unusual form of metamorphic rock of volcanic origin, offering often tricky and thought-provoking sequences and moves on huecos, pockets, edges, jugs, underclings, and crimps. The climbing is typically steep and diverse, requiring both strength and technique. Located in the high desert the climbing season runs from October through May.

Getting There

Heading south from Barstow on Hwy 247 (Barstow Rd.), turn right on the dirt road at mile marker 63.0. Follow this road for 0.9 miles, where the road forks at a BLM kiosk. Bear left at the kiosk, and follow the road more-or-less straight ahead for 0.6 miles until the road dead ends at the main parking area. The maintained trail from this parking area that crosses the fence leads directly to Raven Rock

Camping

Campsites at New Jack City are first-come first-served and there is no fee to camp. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire ring and outhouses are not too far away. No water is available so come prepared - this is the desert.

Over the least few years it has become common to camp in dispersed areas in and around the official campsites. As of Nov. 2020 BLM rangers are patrolling these illegal campsites and asking campers to leave. If you are not in a site with a gazebo and picnic table you'll likely be kicked out. There are only 14 sites considered official/legal  

https://www.blm.gov/visit/search-details/274437/1

464 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at New Jack City

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 229
Crooked Dick Spire
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 232
Reaching Rayane
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 204
Three Giant Steps
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 281
Welcome to New Jack City
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 142
Change of Scene
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 170
Step Across
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 247
Holey Moley
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 89
White Out
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 127
Chick Flakey
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 267
Espresso
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 139
The Scene Is Not For Sale
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 157
Gun For Hire
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 106
Candy O
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 83
Crucified
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 82
Crossfire
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crooked Dick Spire Box Canyon East > Crooked Dick Spire (a…
 229
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Reaching Rayane Box Canyon East > Boy Scout Wall
 232
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Three Giant Steps Box Canyon East > Boy Scout Wall
 204
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Welcome to New Jack City Box Canyon East > Raven Rocks > Raven Rocks W (Warm-u…
 281
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Change of Scene Box Canyon East > Crossfire Crag
 142
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Step Across Box Canyon East > Raven Rocks > Raven Rocks W (Warm-u…
 170
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Holey Moley Box Canyon East > Raven Rocks > Raven Rocks N Face "P…
 247
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
White Out Entrance Area C… > White Face
 89
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Chick Flakey Box Canyon East > Sunnyside
 127
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Espresso Box Canyon East > Raven Rocks > Raven Rocks N Face "P…
 267
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Scene Is Not For Sale Box Canyon East > Crossfire Crag
 139
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Gun For Hire Box Canyon East > Hueco Wall
 157
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Candy O Box Canyon East > Raven Rocks > Raven Rocks South
 106
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Crucified Box Canyon East > Crucified Crag
 83
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Crossfire Box Canyon East > Crossfire Crag
 82
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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